Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the creation of a tourist police unit in Tomas Morato to promote police visibility and ensure the safety of visitors in the area.
Bautista issued the order as part of the city government’s effort to transform the South Triangle area into a major city tourism district.
The unit will compose of at least 10 policemen from the QC Police District Station in Kamuning.
Station 10 commander Supt. Christian dela Cruz said police personnel assigned at the tourist police unit will also be provided with bicycles for patrol or visibility purposes.
Dela Cruz, however, assured that the number of police personnel in the area may increase in the coming days especially during the holiday season as theft, physical injuries and crimes against properties are likely to increase during this period.
The redevelopment plan, which will be officially unveiled by the mayor today, provides for sidewalk improvement, opening of bike lanes and installation of an organized parking zone.
For sidewalk improvement, the 2.3-kilometer stretch of pedestrian walk along Tomas Morato, which runs from E. Rodriguez Avenue to Eugenio Lopez Drive, will be paved with stamped concrete to provide a more walkable environment for pedestrians.
Park lights and additional streetlights will also be installed to provide illumination and accent to the area.